George Merkey

George Robert Merkey

Friday, July 12th, 1929 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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Monte Vista resident George Robert “Bob” Merkey, 90, passed away on February 20, 2020. He was born on July 12, 1929 in Hutchinson, Kansas to George and Jessie (Ball) Merkey. Bob was a farmer at heart. After leaving his farm in Kansas to join the Marines, he returned to his farm and married Grace Breckenridge in August of 1954. All four of their children were born while living on their farm in Portis, Kansas. Bob had sheep, chickens, cows and one ornery goat. He also grew alfalfa. After the third child was born the grandpas brought running water into the home, including a bathroom. In 1963, Bob moved his family to Wiley, Colorado to work as a Parts man, the family then moved to Monte Vista in 1967.

He enjoyed playfully teasing his family and friends, to hunt and fish as well as plant and harvest his garden. He enjoyed his family and especially cherished his time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, teaching them how to plant and harvest a garden gave him great joy.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth “Grace” Merkey, his four children, Jim (Peggi) Merkey, Janice (Jim) Melby, Jeanine (Scott) Noll and Judi (Troy) Golden, his grandchildren, Melanie (Eric) Toth, Jacob (Ally) Merkey, Stephen (Semhar) Merkey, Justin Merkey, Josh (Amy) Melby, Leah Melby, Kerri (Sam) Maxy, Rebecca (Zach) Moeller, Bryan Noll, Cody (Christina) Golden and Amanda (Kyle) Kaus as well as fifteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Rowena (Bob) Wilson and Arlene Merkey as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation was selected and a memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Presbyterian Church in Monte Vista. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the charity of your choice in memory of Bob. To express condolences, please visit
Rogers Family Mortuary in Monte Vista is in care of the arrangements.
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    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, March 7th, 2020 10:00am
    First Presbyterian Church - Monte Vista
    702 2nd Avenue
    Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
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Posted at 10:02am
Dear Janice and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Your Postal Friends in Tipton, Osborne, Cawker City, Portis, Luray.
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Posted at 12:31pm
Dear Grace and Family
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing.
May you find comfort in this time of sorrow.
God be with you.
Love and Prayers
Connie Hull, Victor, NY

Virginia Breckenridge

Posted at 05:28pm
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Bob, but we know that he is not suffering and is happy where he is now. I bet he isn't wasting any time sharing his stories. Bob was a happy go-lucky guy that liked to tell stories to get a laugh or two. He loved to have a garden, so a lot of his time had to be spent with a hoe or rake in his hands. We usually heard about what all was getting canned from those gardens. Not having a garden, and remembering the days when we did have, brought back how good those vegetables tasted! We mainly got to see him and Grace at our cousin reunions.
Our Love and Prayers,
Virginia and Leon Breckenridge

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